NEWS

MAY 8TH 2017

Nottingham Hero Remembered on 100th Anniversary

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Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir David Peace lay a wreath at the memorial to Albert Ball

One of Nottingham’s most renowned World War One flying heroes was remembered on the 100th anniversary of his death in France at a short service in the grounds of Nottingham Castle on Sunday.

 

Every year the 7 May is marked by a parade and service around the memorial to Captain Albert Ball, the Nottingham born flying ace who was killed in action at 8pm on that date.

This year Royal Air Force Air Cadets, veterans and civic dignitaries including Captain Ball’s relations were among those who witnessed the particularly poignant ceremony.

Albert was awarded the Victoria Cross for his heroic actions whilst serving with the Royal Flying Corps.  He was also awarded the Military Cross and the Distinguish Service Order with two bars and credited with 44 recorded victories.

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Nottingham’s Lord Mayor Councillor Mohammed Saghir talks to CCF cadets from Nottingham High School and Trent College

During his time in France, Captain Ball served with 56 Squadron and some of their current members, now based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, took part in the parade carrying and escorting the squadron’s Standard.

Organised jointly by the Royal Air Force Association and the RAFAC, this annual event not only serves as a homage to Captain Ball but is a sad reminder to the young cadets that they are close to the age that Albert was when he was fighting for his country.  This was a point made by Duncan Weaver, Padre for the 7th Armoured Brigade based at Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, who led the service.

After the service of remembrance, The Last Post heralded a minute’s silence.  Wreaths were laid and the cadets, led by Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force’s Robin Hood Rifles Corps of Drums, marched around the castle grounds and past the saluting base where the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace, and the Lord Mayor of Nottingham Councillor Mohammed Saghir, took the salute.

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The Lord Lieutenant talks to cadets during his inspection of the parade

Before being dismissed by the Parade Commander Squadron Leader Jodi Hudson, the cadets were inspected on the Castle Green by the Lord Mayor and the Lord Lieutenant.

Wing Commander Andy Pass, Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing said: “I am immensely proud of the cadets and the way they have conducted themselves.

“They are a credit to their squadrons and the City of Nottingham and I feel sure the cadets appreciate the occasion and have pride in being able to remember this local hero in this way.”

“I am immensely proud of the cadets and the way they have conducted themselves. They are a credit to their squadrons and the City of Nottingham and I feel sure the cadets appreciate the occasion and have pride in being able to remember this local hero in this way.”